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Baltusrol Golf Club: Lower

Springfield, NJ Private

4.7

Panelists

180 Reviews

Overview

Jack Nicklaus won two U.S. Opens on Baltusrol (Lower), setting a tournament record each time. Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker won PGAs on it. But Baltusrol Lower’s most historic event was the ace by architect Robert Trent Jones in 1954 on the par-3 fourth, instantly squelching complaints of critical club members who felt Trent’s redesign made it too hard. Trent’s younger son, Rees, an avowed A.W. Tillinghast fan, lightly retouched the Lower’s design for the 2016 PGA Championship. But there has been another changing of the guard at Baltusrol, as architect Gil Hanse and his team took over as the club’s new consulting architects, and re-opened the restored Lower course—after carefully examining Tillie's old plans and reclaiming green size and rebuilding bunkers—in May 2021. The results will be part of our next 100 Greatest.

About

Holes 18
Length 7400
Slope 147
Facility Type Private
Designer A.W. Tillinghast/(R) Robert Trent Jones, Sr., ASGCA/Rees Jones/(R) Gil Hanse

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966. Highest Ranking: 15th, 1985-1986 Current Ranking: 45th.

Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in New Jersey since 1977. Current Ranking: 2nd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.79
Character
8.13
Challenge
7.93
Layout Variety
7.67
Fun
7.64
Aesthetics
7.68
Conditioning
8.05

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